Well this was a really a busy weekend for us, very little time to be outside in the yard. Most of it has been spent driving to and from soccer games for Sweet Pea. Her team made it all the way to the semi-finals which was pretty exciting for them. They have never made it that far before in a tournament. The other thing that prevented me from the yard was the wind and rain we've had. Our rain gauge was well over the 2 inch mark for just two days. Going outside today I could notice the plants standing a bit straighter and looking a little more green, even if they were all covered in more pine needles.
I finally found a spot to plant a Beautyberry bush (Callicarpa) 'Profusion'. It was extremely pot bound and was requiring constant watering. After all the rain it is looking really good, it came with lots of purple berries on it.
Clematis 'Comtesse de Bouchaud' which I planted to grow on the new arbor surprised me with a little flower.
A view down the freshly swept and cleaned path area. When we finally got outside today Sweet Pea and I spent lots of time raking and sweeping up a new pile of pine needles. We filled the yard waste container, the compost bin and another garbage can full. There will be lots more to come the next big wind we have. I would love any suggestions for plants along the right side of the path. In early spring the geraniums bloom and once they are done I don't have much going on.
Looking down from the other end of the path I really noticed how green it's gotten since the rain and cooler weather have been here.
The first little Japanese Anemone to bloom. I think this is 'Prince Henry' if I remember right. They spread everywhere, but don't get as tall as they should. I'm hoping that some make it to at least 2 feet tall!
I'm glad I was able to make it out for at least a couple of hours today. There's a lot of work to be done outside and I hope I'll find some time this week to get out there and do some real labor!